Jan. 26, 2013
CONWAY, Ark. - Kalis Loyd's record-breaking performance was dampened as the Lamar Lady Cardinals dropped a 67-62 overtime decision to host Central Arkansas in a Southland Conference women's basketball game Saturday.
Loyd became Lamar's all-time leading scorer, pouring in 25 points to give her 1,749 for her career, passing Uirannah Jackson's record of 1,730 points. But it was her missed free throw with 5.9 seconds remaining in regulation that opened the door for Central Arkansas.
Loyd set the record when she connected on a short jumper with 7:30 remaining in the first half to give LU a 19-13 lead.
"It's nice to set the record, but it would have been nicer to get the win," Loyd said. "It would have been much sweeter to celebrate after a victory."
Loyd hit the front end of a one-and-one to give Lamar a 57-55 lead, but missed the second free throw. Central Arkansas' Megan Herbert corralled the rebound and the Sugar Bears quickly called timeout Out of the timeout, Central Arkansas' Britney Gowans drove the length of the court and tied the game at the buzzer.
Loyd hit two free throws to open the overtime scoring, and Jasmin Henderson hit a 3-pointer to give Lamar (12-6 overall, 5-3 Southland) a 62-61 lead with 2:16 remaining in the extra session, but the Sugar Bear (13-6, 6-2) scored the final six points of OT for the win.
Alice Robinson added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds for Lamar. Carenn Baylor added nine points and Jasmin Henderson scored eight points for LU.
Herbert had 18 points and 16 rebounds for Central Arkansas, while Courtney Deuver had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Lamar led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and held a 36-28 lead at intermission.
"We played hard," Lamar coach Larry Tidwell said. "It's frustrating because we didn't get a lot of calls that went our way."
The Lady Cardinals return home to host Northwestern State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Montagne Center. The LU men take on Northwestern State in the nightcap. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715, or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.